We have over 60 week-long offerings for grades 1-12 to help your child discover how nature is an integral part of their life. Our east-side location continues to serve those in need of a shorter commute (Audubon East, Weeks 3-5), and both Audubon East and Wallace Park (alternate pick-up locations) are accessible by public transportation. In partnership with Hacienda, Bienestar, ROSE, and IRCO, our community camps bring free summer camps to kids who might otherwise have limited access.
Our programs are fun, safe, and inclusive and offer a hands-on approach that allows campers to express themselves through art, poetry, crafting, play, and team building. For all of our camp offerings, we focus on the health and wellness of each participant, creating a culture of care and reciprocity, allowing nature to be the ultimate teacher.
The way our camps immerse youth in nature can be a transformative experience, connecting kids to themselves, each other, and the world around them.
Don’t take our word for it, see Tyler’s letter, an 8th grader who spent a week of camp exploring our Marmot Cabin and its surrounding forest.
Dear [Camp Staff],
I can’t even begin to thank you for all of the amazing and benevolent things you did for me and my [camp]. First of all, I want to thank you deeply for the opportunities in nature that you provided for us. I had no idea that a forest that seemed so quiet could be teeming with life if you only listened. I didn’t know that a bird could tell you if it was happy or upset just by changing its call. But most importantly, I had no idea of the multitudes of resources that the forest provides us with, most of which are much too often taken for granted. You taught me that clean water doesn’t come from some magical never-ending source, but that it is something that can disappear…if we don’t take steps to preserve it.
I saw and discovered things I had never seen before. I saw my very first Barred Owl, or owl of any sort, I learned to test pH, or “pffff” levels in water. I learned how to build a fire in the wild, and I learned about Joe and Amy Miller and their amazing contributions to Portland Audubon. But the most valuable thing I think I learned while at camp was the value of silence.
When you are silent, a whole new world opens up in front and within you. You can listen to your heart beating and hear yourself breathing. It makes you appreciate those rare moments of calm we have in our lives, where we can take a couple of minutes to just be quiet and within ourselves. Of all of the things I learned at camp, that is the one lesson I would like to most bring back with me.
Many, Many Thanks,
Tyler, 8th Grader
Portland Audubon Camper